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BBB Alerts Public To Scams With Public Service Announcements

By Bill Smith, BBB Reporter Better Business Bureau, long a leader in consumer education efforts, announces a series of public service announcements (PSAs) designed to alert the public to some of the region’s top scams. Dubbed the “Protect Yourself” campaign, the 30-second spots cover the area’s five top reported scams – fake IRS agent phone…

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BBB Exposes Fraud, Prompting Government Action

By Bill Smith, BBB Reporter Throughout its near-100-year history, BBB St. Louis has never turned its back on a fight against fraud. Whether confronting a grab-the-money-and-run contractor or a bogus timeshare sales scheme, BBB has acted to protect both businesses and consumers from anyone who puts greed above ethics. This year, BBB St. Louis has…

Shred it and forget it!

BBB Tip of the Week: 10 Steps To Protect Your Identity

This week’s tip is a bonanza – 10 tips on protecting your identity. We’re doing this to highlight BBB’s Shred Day on Saturday, April 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at Saint Louis Galleria and the Edwardsville Schnucks. Shredding outdated documents can keep your sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands. It’s an important…

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When Hackers Strike, Consumers Need To Take Action

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor When hackers penetrate the computer systems of major retailers, banks or—as in the case of Anthem Inc.—health insurance companies, consumers often worry, yet are unsure how to react. News reports of a data breach often come out days or weeks before consumers receive any notification from the affected company that they’ve been a victim. Better Business…

Holiday Scams Target The Unwary, BBB Warns

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor With all the shopping, cooking and celebrating that occurs during the holidays, it’s easy to find yourself stretched so thin that you can be vulnerable to scammers who want to capitalize on your divided attention. Better Business Bureau (BBB) hears from consumers every day who’ve been approached by email, on websites…

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BBB Warns of BBB Impersonators

By Shellie Kreter, BBB Communications Assistant Here at Better Business Bureau, we see many scammers try to impersonate government agencies.  We’re particularly disturbed by a recent variation on this scam, however, because the callers are claiming to be employees of BBB. In this scam, business owners receive a call from 882-014-0325 and are told that “the Missouri Better…

BBB Advice: How to protect your data after the eBay data breach

Yesterday, eBay revealed that a data breach in February 2014 made eBay users’ data available to hackers.  While no encrypted data was hacked—which means that any financial information eBay had about you is safe—your name, birthday, address, and phone number were potentially exposed. Data breaches are a regular part of the news cycle these days,…